The Star Festival book launch with Moni Ritchie Hadley and Mizuho Fujisawa - via Zoom

Event date: 
Saturday, April 3, 2021 - 11:00am
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A multigenerational retelling of a Japanese legend!

Star Festival book cover

Once Upon A Time presents the debut book launch of The Star Festival by author Moni Ritchie Hadley and illustrator Mizuho Fujisawa. A fantastic book that has backmatter perfect for use in schools or at home. 

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About the Book: Tanabata Matsuri, the Star Festival, celebrates a popular folktale: The Emperor of the Heavens separates his daughter, Orihime, from her love, Hikoboshi, all year--but on this day the two stars finally reunite, crossing a bridge over the Milky Way. For Keiko, her mama, and her grandmother, Tanabata is about making tanzaku wishes, taking in the colorful decorations, and eating delicious food like nagashi somen and shaved ice. But when Obaasan gets lost in the crowd, Keiko and Mama must make their own bridge to find her again--and see if their tanzaku comes true.


Mini Ritchie Hadley author photo provided by author

About the author: Moni Ritchie Hadley is a children's author based in California who has been published in Highlights magazine. She has a psychology degree from UCLA and is a former home and hospital teacher. The Star Festival is her debut picture book.


Mizuho Fujisawa illustrator photo provided by author

About the illustrator: Mizuho Fujisawa was born and raised in Japan near Mount Fuji. After studying biology, she moved to France with her family to pursue a career in illustration. She lives in France.


Saturday, April 3 at 11:00 AM Pacific Time 

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